If you’ve ever had an active child, you know you’ve tried almost anything and everything to get them to settle down. I have found that some children just need something to do to help keep their body moving. Manipulatives are the perfect solution for those who have an active child.
Check out these ten manipulatives that are perfect for any active child.
#1. Blocks! Check out my recent article on blocks and how there are so many things you can do to teach your child with this inexpensive manipulative.
#2. Smaller the better- As soon as your child has learned how to handle items like blocks well, you can move onto smaller manipulatives. The smaller the item, like Legos, the harder the fingers and the mind has to work to process.
#3. Cooking utensils- If you have ever wanted to keep an active child busy, try cooking utensils. These make the perfect tools for making music or even playing in a sensory bin.
#4. Art manipulatives- You can even use manipulatives to focus on one area. Finger paints, rubber stamps, and hold punchers are all awesome manipulatives!
#5. Magnets- An awesome manipulative to use to help keep your active child engaged are magnets. You can place a few magnets on the fridge or even create your own magnet board.
#6. Dominoes- One of my favorite manipulatives for helping active children are dominoes. These are so fun to play with and can literally keep a child busy for hours. There’s also a ton of activities that can be learned through dominoes like counting, stacking, and even cause and effect.
#7. Cardboard tubes-If you’re on a budget and want a manipulative that really works, then try using cardboard tubes. These can be a great manipulative that a child can use for hours to help keep focused. You can use these cardboard tubes to make crafts, music, or to just enjoy!
#8. Pictures- Try digging out photos or making a photo book as a manipulative for an active child. You can even add different textures to landscape pictures. Looking, seeing, and touching are all an amazing part of manipulatives.
#9. Rice bin- Rice bins are a great addition to home or classroom. You can add all sorts of cups and toys to the bin to help with focus. You can use a small container and add rice, the rice bin doesn’t need to be particularly big.
#10. Play dough!- Yes, one of my favorite manipulatives of all time would be known as play dough. You can make your own play dough at home to even keep it budget friendly.
I love coming up with different items that help keep children focused and on task. If you aren’t afraid to admit it, there are times when adults could use some time playing in a rice bin or with play dough. Use these tips to help your child when they are active and need something to do. There’s no shame in using manipulatives to help keep your child’s brain on target!